By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari said there is no institution in Nigeria that is more inclusive than NNPC.
Kyari, made this assertion on Wednesday during the visit of the Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Ambassador Abdullahi Shinkafi, in Abuja.
Speaking on the corporation’s alignment and compliance with the tenets of the Federal Character policy, Kyari, who described NNPC as a truly Nigerian company, said beyond ensuring that every section of the country is represented during recruitment, the corporation also ensures that women are represented at Top Management level.
“By our design and policy, we are an inclusive company, inclusive in every respect such that all Nigerians have a sense of belonging in this company through our deliberate recruitment policy and compliance with the law.
“We even go beyond what the Federal Character Commission looks at to ensure gender inclusion. We are proud to say that gender inclusion works here, even in our Top Management we do have women represented”, the GMD explained.
He stated that every geo-political zone is also represented at the Top Management level by deliberate policy.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Ambassador Abdullahi Shinkafi, said his visit was part of the commission’s strategic engagement with stakeholders aimed at fostering a cordial working relationship.
He said the commission was working towards promoting national unity by ensuring equitable distribution of all cadres of posts in the public service and equitable distribution of socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities.
“NNPC is one of the commission’s stakeholders and it is one of the agencies that has been complying with the Federal Character principles.
This compliance needs to be extended to the socio-economic and infrastructure aspect of our mandate which impact on the lives of all Nigerians irrespective of gender, ethnic group or religion,” he said